Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Myrna Torrie's Seattle Garden

While the calendar says that today is the autumnal equinox and the cold, windy, and wet weather caused me to turn the furnace on for the first time last night, I'm still holding on to those warm and wonderful days of summer and pretending that they'll return any day now.  To help with this seasonal denial, today let's relive another beautiful July day in Seattle as we tour the garden of Myrna Torrie.

"Step down into my garden under a clematis covered arbor."

"Stop to take in all the visual pleasures of texture, color and form in this small space."

"Stroll around to see an array of trees, shrubs, roses, more clematis, climbing hydrangea, perennials, containers, garden art, and a small fountain to greet you."

"I have worked on my garden for 16 years to grow some of my favorite plants to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds."

"Check out some of my favorites such as Double Otto hardy fuchsia, Daphne marianni, Abutillon 'Windcliff Coral', Selaginellas and much more."

"Descend the gravel steps lined with Daphne 'Maijima,' Phlox 'Lilac Flame,'  Dichroa febrifuga, red Eccremocarpus vine and small treasures like Leptinella."

Looking like piece of garden art, the angel (with purse) descending the stairs  is pal Alison

Even the edibles in this garden were pristine and gorgeous.

"Continue down around to admire my 'Endless Summer,' 'Blushing Bride,' and 'Lady in Red' hydrangeas."

Ledebouria cooperi

"I hope you will enjoy your brief respite from life's hectic pace."  

Thank you, Myrna, for opening your beautiful garden for so many to enjoy!
Happy first day of autumn, happy weekend, and happy gardening everyone!


  1. Thank you for that reminder of summer Peter. Much needed here today when I am dodging the rain showers yet again. But if Seattle is the rainy city and Myrna can do it, and how, then so should I.

  2. That lettuce was absolutely lovely! Like the shot of the seating area where you could see all the layers and levels above it.

  3. Oh!!! That's my favorite ever picture of Alison!

    1. Yes, from a distance is always best.

  4. Oh, that's gorgeous. I needed that, thanks!

  5. It was fun touring gardens with you that day. If I recall, the only camera I remembered to bring was my iPhone, so my own pics didn't turn out great. You took some lovely ones here, and it was a lovely garden.

  6. This garden looks so fresh. The Brunnera looks so healthy, like it is supposed to, unlike my poor rain deprived plants. What a treat to see this garden. I knew it was a going to be beautiful just looking at the front gate.

  7. So pretty. I loved the fountain. The whole space is very peaceful.

  8. I like your form of denial - hit the repeat button! ;)
    Myrna has a great talent for plant combinations - lovely garden!

  9. Now, there's a garden I have not seen! It looks wonderful, and your photos do take me back to high summer. Sigh.

  10. A very pretty - and exceptionally orderly - garden! Have a great weekend, Peter. I hope you have lots of time to putter happily in your own beautiful garden.

  11. Such an extensive garden filled to the brim with wonderful plants! I love all the meandering paths. I loved the leaves of that Ledebouria cooperi! I wish it would grow up here!

  12. Lettuce that may be too pretty to eat!


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